Daily Graphic Board Slaps Ken Ashiegbe

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…Reinstates Unilaterally Dismissed Reporter

Freddy Shakur

The Board of Directors of the Graphic Communications Group Limited, has deflated the ‘audacious powers’ of the Managing Director (MD) of Graphic, Kenneth Edem Ashiegbey ,by reversing with dispatch the unilateral decision that he took to sack the Ashanti regional correspondent, Daniel Kenu, and reinstate the senior reporter with immediate effect.

This swift directive by the Board, The Herald gathered, has been communicated to Mr. Kenu by the Board Chairperson after the Board held a meeting with the National Media Commission (NMC), the body that appointed Mr. Kenneth Ashiegbey as the Managing Editor of the state-owned newspaper.

The Board, was convinced that the Graphic boss had acted unilaterally when he dismissed the reporter over the withdrawal of the assault case brought against Baffuor Gyan, the elder brother of Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan.

The Herald is reliably informed that, the Doris Yaa Dartey-led Board, is preparing to issue an official letter regarding the development in due course.

The NMC, reportedly endorsed the Graphic Board’s order for reinstatement, because the Board had made a strong case at the Commission’s office in Accra, that the MD did not consult them before firing Mr. Kenu.

Sources within the state-owned media, hinted this paper that the committee that was set up by Graphic Communications Group Limited to investigate the conduct of Mr. Kenu, did not recommend the reporter’s dismissal, and which the Board made clear to the NMC.

According to this paper’s information, the Graphic boss, was present during the NMC meeting on Wednesday, and put up a spirited defense for his unilateral action, but his argument was embarrassingly shot down by the Commission.

The Committee set up by Graphic boss was chaired by Ernest Cobblah and was supposed to advise management on the reporter’s insubordination.

But The Herald learnt that the Committee report recommended that “In view of the fact that it was the first time, Mr. Kenu had committed such a grievous offence and for his initial cooperation, the committee recommends one month suspension without pay as per the collective bargaining agreement, Section 22(b) subsection (iv)”.

It also recommended that Mr. Kenu, should not be credited with any of his stories for two months after his suspension to also serve as a deterrent to others, irrespective of their status.

The Committee further said that Mr. Kenu, should be made to render an unqualified apology to management and staff of the company at the next staff durbar before the end of the year, adding that management should state its position clearly to staff on such matters and the consequences of violating the company’s rule.

It also noted that staff of the company should be informed that any incident that affected them while on official duty, would be handled by the company and full cooperation would be demanded from the victim to seek justice.

Instead of these recommendations, the snobbish and power-drunk Managing Director of Graphic, turned a blind eye to the report and went ahead to unilaterally order for the outright dismissal of the senior reporter.

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